WASHINGTON- CIA is spying on people through social media, reports a document via international media.
According to the documents, technologies like, soft robots that can grasp delicate objects, computer algorithm designed to spot an ‘insider threat’, and artificial intelligence which can scrutinize the large data sets and many more are being procured by companies with investment support from In Q-Tel, which is CIA’s venture capital firm.
Sifting through the document reveal this procurement results in social media mining and surveillance. The document reveals several tech companies engaged in this area.
Some of these firms provide unique tools to mine data from social media sites like, Twitter.
These investments pint out something, that CIA is keen to monitor social media. Last September, CIA’s second-highest ranking official, David Cohen stressed on the challenges coming from this new media landscape.
The Islamic State’s “sophisticated use of Twitter and other social media platforms is a perfect example of the malign use of these technologies,” he said.
It seems now that CIA is going to tackle these challenges through surveillance on social media sites without the users realizing that they are being watched.
For this purpose, CIA is trying to outreach Silicon Valley and establishing a new wing, the Directorate of Digital Innovation.